Family and Community Service (FCS) hours:
Family & Community Services is open to support you with staff on site and services available over the phone:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1p.m. to 8 p.m.
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Mental Health Week
From May 2-8, we're celebrating Mental Health Week by calling all community members to practice self-compassion and kindness to others.
Mental Health Week is a national initiative led by the Canadian Mental Health Association. This year, they’re encouraging Canadians to #GetReal about to how to help others by listening to and empathizing with their friends, family and neighbours.
Now is the time to rebuild together. In our community, let’s create space to talk about our challenges without judgement. Together, we can seize this opportunity for reconnection.
Mental Health Week Contest
Thanks for telling us how you take care of your mental health and support others! The contest is now closed.
The winner will be randomly selected and receive a spring gift basket that supports mental health! Gift basket includes:
- Two $25 gift cards – one for you and one to give away to a friend!
- A board game to get you playing and connecting
- Sidewalk chalk to spread the message that it's okay to ask for help
- And more!
Gift basket valued at $150
Looking for support?
Call 780-464-4044, and check out the new program guide for more information.
What is mental health?
This term gets tossed around a lot. And the words mental health bring up different ideas and feelings for all of us. That’s why it's important to understand what it means. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, mental health is:
- Enjoying life
- Having a sense of purpose
- Being able to manage life’s highs and lows
Mental health includes how we feel, think and act, our social connections, ability to solve problems and overcome challenges.
Check in with yourself
The first step to caring for your mental health is being able to identify when your negative emotions go beyond the natural ups and downs you typically experience. Consider how big events taking place in the world may be impacting or effecting you.
You’ll probably notice if you feel “off,” but it’s not always easy to pinpoint why — or what to do about it. With the busyness of day-to-day life, it can be tempting to dismiss, ignore or “power through” those negative feelings.
You know you best. Take note when your usual coping strategies aren’t helping you feel calm or at peace. We all respond to stress in different ways — It's important to know the specific signs that you are not feeling like yourself.
For example, you could have physical symptoms like headaches, emotional responses like crying more often or behaviours like staying up later than you normally would. Other signs may be feeling especially irritable or avoiding things you enjoy.
Try writing down your responses to stress. Identifying your specific signs will allow you to recognize faster that you need some extra support.
Learn real self-care
As you learn more about your mental health, you can practice self-care to cope with challenges. The words self-care might make you think of spa days and bubble baths. And while those might be part of it, they’re not always practical or even helpful for everyone.
Real self-care is small, sustainable practices you can work into your everyday routine that calm your nervous system. If you’re learning what practices work for you, try self-care that targets different parts of who you are:
- Emotional (ex. Journaling, painting, talking to a counsellor)
- Social (ex. Spending time with family, connecting with friends)
- Spiritual (ex. Prayer, meditation, spending time in nature, volunteering)
- Physical (ex. Yoga, going for a walk or bike ride, eating healthy foods)
And, there are people, resources and support available — just like there are for when we’re feeling physically sick. Strathcona County provides counselling and other supports you can access today by calling our team at 780-464-4044.
Ideas and resources to support mental health
Family and Community Services
Second floor, East Wing Community Centre
401 Festival Lane
Sherwood Park, AB T8A 5P7